Leonardo has teamed up with the South Korea (SK)-based LIG Nex1 to bid together to carry out IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) upgrade to the latest ‘Mode 5’ standard on aircraft operated by the SK Armed Forces.
IFF is central to military operations as it allows armed forces to recognise friends and identify potential hostiles. The equipment acts as a sophisticated digital version of a ‘challenge and response’ password system, sending out a challenge signal and checking it receives a correct password.
The latest Mode 5 standard equipment uses advanced cryptographic techniques to secure the IFF system against attempts by enemies to deceive or jam.
Leonardo is already working on a high-profile IFF upgrade programme in the UK as prime contractor to upgrade the IFF technology on more than 350 of the UK’s operational aircraft, naval vessels and groundbased air defence systems to the Mode 5 standard.
In the Republic of Korea, Leonardo will draw on this experience to reduce the risk of the upgrade programme and also plans to localise production of key parts of the equipment in-country.
The teaming is the just latest highlight in Leonardo’s on-going approach to localisation in the Republic of Korea. In 2017, Leonardo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading Korean defence contractor to jointly provide avionics and mission systems, initially in relation to targeting systems, for the Republic of Korea and internationally.
Prior to this, Leonardo executed an Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) knowledge transfer programme for members of the RoK Navy, Air Force and the Agency for Defense Development (ADD), ensuring that South Korea’s armed forces are prepared for today’s today’s electronics-driven battlespace.
Leonardo’s AW159 helicopter is also in operational service with the RoK Navy. The RoKN AW159 helicopters are equipped with the same Leonardo ‘Seaspray’ Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars and Helicopter Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (HIDAS) that are also used by the UK’s Royal Navy on their AW159 Wildcat helicopters.
Finmeccanica with the Italian Defense General Staff has demonstrated the successful integration of a Mode 5 Reverse-IFF (Identification Friend-Foe) system, providing air-to-ground IFF capabilities for a Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon. An IFF system provides pilots with the ability to distinguish between ‘friendly vehicles and potential threats by sending out an interrogation signal and verifying the responses from other aircraft
Thales announced Wednesday that it has just won a contract to upgrade the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) transponders in service with the French armed forces. IFF prevents friendly fire incidents in the theatre of operations by identifying friendly units and ensures the monitoring of military and civil air traffic
The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) subsystem has received full certification for operation by the United States Department of Defense International AIMS (Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System, Identification Friend or Foe, Mark XII/Mark XIIA, Systems) Program Office. The system is designed to ensure the safety of allied aircrews engaged in combat operations
Leonardos Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test its ability to monitor the European Unions external borders. Frontex is exploring the surveillance capability of medium-altitude, long-endurance RPAS as well as evaluating cost efficiency and endurance
Leonardo conducted the maiden flight of the latest version of its C-27J Spartan aircraft. The new C-27J is characterized by brand new avionics system, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights, Leonardo said in a statement Tuesday
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